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What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental condition caused by a terrifying event. Individuals may develop PTSD after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic incident. Those diagnosed with PTSD may suffer from symptoms of flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Do I Have PTSD?
PTSD symptoms occur within one month of a traumatic event. However, in some cases, it can occur several years after an event. PTSD symptoms can cause significant problems in personal/work/social situations. PTSD may also interfere with your ability to participate in everyday tasks.
Your symptoms may be of four types:
- Intrusive memories
- Avoidance behavior
- Negative changes in thinking and mood and
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
These symptoms may vary over time and from one person to another. Consult a PTSD diagnosis therapist to determine if you have PTSD.
What Are Some Of The Emotional/Psychological Symptoms Of PTSD?
Individuals diagnosed with PTSD may experience specific physical and emotional reactions. Here are some of the emotional/psychological symptoms of PTSD:
- Getting startled or frightened easily
- Being on guard for danger
- Engaging in self-destructive behavior
- Trouble sleeping or concentrating
- Angry outbursts
- Aggressive behavior
- Overwhelming guilt/shame
When To See A Doctor For PTSD?
If you have disturbed thoughts or feelings about a traumatic event for several weeks, you should attend therapy for stress and anxiety. Besides, if your symptoms are severe or you have trouble getting your life back under control, talk to a doctor or a mental health professional to receive treatment for PTSD.
Can PTSD Cause Suicidal Thoughts?
Having PTSD can increase your risk for suicidal thoughts and actions. If you or someone you know experiences suicidal thoughts, seek online PTSD treatment at the earliest.
What Causes PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur in individuals going through an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury, sexual violation, or abuse. Alternatively, witnessing or learning about a traumatic event can also cause PTSD.
Is It Important To Get Professional Help For PTSD?
PTSD can disrupt your life, job, relationships, and health and deteriorate your quality of life. PTSD also increases your risk for other mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, etc. If you had a stressful experience in the past or recently, seek online therapy for PTSD before it gets too late.
Is PTSD Covered Under The Americans with Disabilities Act?
The DSMMD (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) recognizes PTSD as a complex reaction experienced by many people affected by a traumatic event. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 also includes PTSD in its list of protected disabilities.
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